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John A Curdo vs Fabiano Caruana
7th Windsor Bradley op (2002), Windsor Locks, CT
Four Knights Game: Spanish Variation (C48)  ·  1-0
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Sep-15-15  Justin Flint:
<“Get ‘em while they’re young.”

– John Curdo

John told me this at a Billerica Saturday Swiss (who remembers Honeywell?) back in the late 1980’s after beating one of countless young upstarts.

The point was, of course, that kids often improve rapidly, and if you don’t beat them while they are still young, you may not get another chance.

Many of the kiddies leave chess before they get good or soon after, but many stick around and become good players.

Of course when Curdo said this, it did not occur to me that he may be talking about me, too.

– David Vigorito >

Sep-15-15
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  perfidious: <John told me this at a Billerica Saturday Swiss (who remembers Honeywell?) back in the late 1980’s after beating one of countless young upstarts. >

First place I ever met the author of the above quote was on my last of numerous visits to Honeywell for one of those Saturday Swisses, in June 1989.

One might have also termed those events a second Billerica House of Correction: always got some tough players, with Curdo being merely one of the strong masters who turned out most of the time.

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